Place public interest above personal, Unilorin Don tells Journalists
Written by Abdulmumin Uthman on October 22, 2019
Nigerian Journalists have been asked to place public interest above their selfish interest in their reportage in order to correct the ills of the society.
A lecturer in the department of mass communication, university of Ilorin,Doctor Rasaq Adisa, gave the challenge in a paper presented at a seminar organised by the Kwara state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ilorin.
The theme of the seminar was” investigative Journalism as a tool for curbing the phenomenon of fake news” which climaxed the week long activities lined up to mark the 2019 press week of the council.
He said Journalists must always muster the courage to be factual in their reportage regardless of whose oaxe is gored.
While speaking on the phenomenon of fake news, the mass communication teacher, counseled Journalists to develop multiple sources in verifying the authenticity of their information, while technology should be used to conduct in dept investigation.
Doctor Rasaq-Adisa tasked practitioners particularly, those in the traditional media not to shark their responsibility of agenda setting and as well guide against situations where they will always depend on foreign media for news breaks of happenings in Nigeria.
In a remark, the Chief Press Secretary to Kwara State Governor of Kwara state, Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye , expressed delight that the Union organised such seminar to curb the phenomenon of fake news.
Mallam Ajakaye who sited cases of fake news, including those that were purportedly issued using his name, urged Journalists to rise above board and always cross check their facts before going to press.
Earlier, while declaring the seminar open, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and communication, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Mustapha represented by a director in the ministry, Doctor Fatima Amuda charged Journalists to imbibe the spirit of patriotism in the discharge of their duties.
By Mahmood Olayinka Alaya